The debate on whether the government should abolish private education is a controversial topic which has long bee advocated by those on the left of British politics. In the 2019, the Labour Party Conference passed a motion calling for their party to make a manifesto commitment to abolish private education if they win the next General Election. This outstanding resource is designed to help students sort through some of the arguments for and against the abolition of private schools so that they can form their own opinion.
When you purchase this resource, you will be able to download a single page Word Document which contains a learning objective, instructions, two heading cards as well as sixteen statements that can sorted under them. The heading cards are labeled ‘ABOLISH - Private Schools’ and ‘KEEP Private Schools.’ The document is open so it can be easily adapted to suit your own classes.
The main activity involves getting students to cut out the cards in lesson, sort them under the correct headings and then organise them into their most persuasive order before sticking sick them into their books. Once students have fed back their results to a class discussion, they can then have a go at writing a speech or extended answer on the debate. Alternatively, they can create a key and then sort through the cards and then stick the sheet into their book or you could cut out the cards and place them into an envelope for them to sort prior to a discussion on the topic. This is a great resource that can be easily adapted to suit your classroom and expectations.
The aims of this lesson / activity are:
Theme: Education, diversity and equality
Know:What are the main differences between state and private education?
Understand: What are the arguments for and against abolishing private education?
Evaluate: Should the government abolish private education in Britain?
WILF - What am I Looking For?
Identify and describe - What are the main differences between state and private education?
Explain - What are the arguments for and against abolishing private education?
Analyse - Should the government abolish private education in Britain?
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